The process of converting features on a map or image (either hardcopy or digital) to vector-based data in digital format.

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How to digitize in stream mode in QGIS, using a tablet?

How to digitize in stream mode in Qgis, using a wacom cintiq tablet? freehand it's no use. i need something like MNDR stream digitizing extension for arcview 3.x, which allows continuous tracing, ...
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How to suppress advanced digitizing tool window

I'm using QGis for years but suddenly I stuck with something that I'm sure it's an easy fix. Every time I start to create a new feature, the Advanced Digitizing tool window pops up. Do you know how to ...
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Geometry issues when digitising in QGIS

I'm digitising a large number of maps from hand drawn mud maps and digital images, and although I have used the snapping tools ("snap to vertex and segment", Tolerance 10 pixels, avoid intersections) ...
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How to automate 'downstream' and 'upstream' manhole ID field in a pipe line feature

I have been digitizing a drainage network and now have been supplied attribute fields to add to the features I have digitized. Two of the fields for the pipe features are 'upstream manhole ID' and ...
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Resources for digitizing in webmap and export? [closed]

Its possible with Google Map API to draw geometries and points. And exporting as well I assume. Is there other alternatives, probably based on Java that can do the same job? I've been researching on ...
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Is it possible to find the minimum map-able unit (MMU) after creating a map?

I'm not very good with the GIS lingo so I apologise if this doesn't make too much sense! Lets say I have just finished digitising the land cover of an aerial photograph and it's looking like the ...
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How to digitize a raster automatically

I have a raster (.sid extension) file. I want to digitize roads automatically in ArcMap, QGIS..etc. Digitizing by hand would be too time consuming. How can i do this ? Thanks
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Changing QGIS cursor size and color?

I'm digitizing some old topographic maps (scanned images), and these maps are in grayscale. When in editing mode, to draw the contour lines, I would like to be able to change the color and size of ...
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Steps to digitize OpenStreetMap in QGIS?

I am new to QGIS. Can someone help me with the steps to digitize OpenStreetMap? Or should I save the particular area I want to digitize into .tiff files and then try to digitize the .tiff file?
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Digitizing 2-node lines?

I tried digitizing in to a new sqlite line layer with autoincrement id ticked..... I want to create a 2-node line, but there seems to be a minimum limit of 3 nodes. Is this correct or am I doing ...
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How to Digitize Free Satellite Imagery in QGIS - Alignment issues with Openlayers Plugin

I am trying to digitize OpenLayers data (such as Google satellite imagery) with no success. Whenever I try to move or zoom the canvas the vector layer I digitized loses the position relative to the ...
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Change direction of polylines from DEM data

I am trying to define the direction of my polylines (which represent gutters in a drainage system). Does anyone know if it is possible to define the direction based on elevation data extracted from a ...
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Newly added points disappearing after saving edits in QGIS.

I am adding features to a shapefile point layer in QGIS 2.12 Lyon. When I add the new point I can see it, but once I click the Save Edits button it disappears. When I click Toggle Editing button to ...
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Looking for an efficient way of digitizing building footprints using orthophotos and ArcGIS 10

In the past I've used PCI Geomatica to do something similar using the softwares classification functionality. Are there some tools/tricks in ArcGIS that will partially automate the process. I remember ...
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How to split a polygon into multiples sections in QGIS?

I am working on QGIS latest version 2.12.3. I am digitizing a polygon. It represents a riparian buffer of a river. The polygon made a continuous « loop » with a widht of 50 meters. I want to split my ...
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Drawing a polygon of a given area

First, I am using QGIS 2.8.2. I have GPS waypoints and satellite imagery and am trying to draw polygons. This is easy enough, but I need to make sure each polygon is 1ha exactly. Is there a way to ...
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Can't Find the Split selected features with selected line from another layer tool

I'm trying to split a selected polygon features with a selected line from another feature layer. I, however, can't seem to get the tool for this to show up in my advanced digitize toolbar. In ...
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salt marsh recession mapping with landsat/WV, IKONOS) [closed]

I am trying to detect timing and pattern of change in a particular salt marsh (low marsh sitting close to a high marsh). Basically, I'm interested in detecting changes in the leading edge for ...
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How to create in QGIS shapefile a field that automatically returns the current date

I'm digitizing a shapefile in QGIS and I need to create a field that returns automatically the current date.
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Keeping streaming on in ArcMap when switching editing tools?

I have this problem constantly, because I digitize for work. No one there has figured this out and I was wondering if someone can tell me how to do this, because I'm tired of constantly hitting F8 and ...
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Editing with auxiliary features (lines, points etc.) in ArcGIS Desktop?

In order to digitize exact features in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1, our draftsman would like to use auxiliary features (lines and points mostly) that don't have to be saved later on. I told them the easiest ...
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Digitized points are getting displaced automatically in QGIS

We are capturing 100's of drilling sample locations in QGIS. At times, we are copying the whole set of points from adjacent survey_lines to the next one. After that, we will capture the respective ...
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Automatic selection of colored regions when digitzing choropleth maps

I am new to working with GIS. I have a raster choropleth map similar to the one displayed below. I want to create a shapefile from the map, where each layer contains all the countries that have the ...
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Digitizing scale when digitizing from Bing imagery service in QGIS

I need to digitize a bunch of islands from imagery in QGIS. It is the Bing Maps aerial imagery layer. I will obtain all required permissions. My plan is to lock the map scale at 1:25,000 and use heads ...
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Auto populating XY fields when new point feature digitized using ArcGIS Desktop?

Is there a way for ArcGIS Desktop to populate a field automatically when a new point is dropped on the map? We have our map in State Plane Feet, and we want to the database to automatically add WGS ...
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How are digital maps generated? [closed]

This is a more of a noob GIS question. How are all the features on the maps we come use know and love (Google Maps, Bing Maps) generated from imagery? Does somebody actually look at the imagery and ...
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Conditional Value Map widget in QGIS

I am looking for a way to implement conditional value mapping in QGIS. This means that the values available in attribute number 2 depend on the value provided in attribute 1. Example: If the user ...
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Connecting vertices to form a line without using an attribute

I have a number of multipoint features that form lines (hiking trails). I would like to connect the dots of each multipoint feature to generate line features, but there are no attributes with which to ...
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Digitized Map To Scale

Is it perfectly acceptable to produce a map at a scale of 1:24,000 from a database that was digitized from a 1:100,000 scale source map?
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Is it possible to trace basemap features?

I'm looking for an easier way to digitize. Does anyone know if it's possible to trace basemap features (OSM/stamen/etc) in QGIS (2.12)? For example, as opposed to creating various vertexes along a ...
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“Error” on Advanced Digitizing Window in QGIS

I have the word "Error" that has appeared on my Advanced Digitizing Panel since upgrading to QGIS 2.12.0 Lyon. It doesn't appear to actually affect anything negatively... has anyone else seen this or ...
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How to avoid topology errors when digitizing a road network?

I am working on a road layer project. For the snapping option I'm using the mode to vertex and segment and tolerance 5 pixels. When zooming in (to the max) I do not notice a gap. But when I use the ...
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Niche MapInfo Question : Digitising options

I've recently started using mapinfo to digitise on a daily basis, I am usually georefencing old deeds (on top of OS Mastermap) and then digitising them. The problem is when drawing the polygon the ...
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Digitised problems - Combine isolines

I try to digitize a large number of topographic maps. Digitizes the contour every four meters. I use the program ArcGIS 10.3 and ArcSCAN. The problem is that it has many objects in the map outside of ...
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Edit Geometry with digitizing tools in QGIS of a postgis layer

I have a multiline PostGIS layer added to my QGIS 2.10.1 Pisa. I'm able to add features using the digitizing tools, but I'm not able to use the delete or node tool. It remains gray even if I'm in ...
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Rotate functions in “Rectangles, Ovals Digitizing” as well as “Advanced Digitizing” distort shape dimensions

I am trying to rotate squares via the rotate tool in the "Rectangles Ovals Digitizing" Plugin in QGIS. The dimensions/proportions of the sides, however, are distorted whenever I do so. Any idea of why ...
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USGS National Map Ortho - Digitizing

As a part of project scope we have to deliver to the Client digitized data sets – some houses and roads. Can we use USGS Orthoimagery from The National Map layer for feature digitizing? ...
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Fill of sketch polygon blocks view of what I'm trying to digitize

I am trying to digitize polygons using QGIS 2.10.1-Pisa, but the red fill of the sketch polygon blocks me from seeing the imagery that I need in order to draw said polygon. I have tried going into ...
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Freehand editing without holding down mouse button in QGIS?

I am trying to delineate wetlands using satellite imagery in QGIS 2.10.1-Pisa. I'm using the Freehand Editing plugin. Is there a way to draw polygons without having to hold down the mouse button, ...
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Mapbox Satellite - Digitizing

As a part of project scope we have to deliver to the Client digitized data sets – some houses and roads. Can we use Mapbox Satellite global imagery layer [1] under Professional plan [2] for feature ...
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“add feature” tool QGIS 2.0 - polygon fill blocks view of what I want to digitize

How can I change the settings on the vector "add feature" tool so the tool fill doesn't block my view of what I want to digitize? This problem popped up after I upgraded to QGIS 2.0 QGIS 2.0 ...
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Error in Editing Point Shapefile: I can't add a new point feature

I want to add a point to a point shapefile. I place the cursor in an empty field. The strange thing is that the point of the point shapefile that is nearest to the cursor is highlighted. If I click ...
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Is there a QGIS bezier curve tool?

I'm a recent convert to QGIS but have been confused about the lack of support for drawing curved shapefiles, especially when Arc has almost too many. A lot of the work that our consultancy do is based ...
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Capturing line version 2.10

I'm a beginner (as in complete noob) user with version 2.10. I'm trying to digitise some rivers from a raster layer but can't find the "Capture Line" tool which the tutorials and resources show as ...
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Suitable Raster processing methods to extract field boundaries from images

I'm trying to extract field boundaries and features from a lot of aerial images of agricultural land - and avoid digitizing these features manually. I've managed to get a crude raster file of the ...
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QGIS 2.8.1 (Windows 64bit). Setting snapping to the “decoration” grid?

I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to snap digitizing to the grid you can create in View>Decorations>Grid? I can't see anything in the manual or the menus so I am thinking there probably isn't ...
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Create circle shapefile vector in QGIS

Is it possible to create a circle shapefile feature in QGIS, like it is possible to do in ArcMap? I am trying to digitise a map wich features roundabouts, which I'd like to be part of the same ...
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What program can I use to highlight and calculate multiple areas on a satellite image?

I would like to calculate the area of all the parking spaces in my city (North Miami Beach). I would highlight the parking in two layers, commercial and residential, and then export it to Excel and ...
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Digitising - Separate fill and line opacities (or remove fill)

I have a client who specialises in aerial photograph interpretation and is in the process of moving from AutoCAD to QGIS. They find the auto 'fill' when digitising polygons really disruptive and ...
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How to close a polyline in QGIS while digitizing?

We need to work on a line layer where some features are closed and some are open. The closed features need to be closed perfectly, so that the first and the last point of the polyline perfectly match. ...